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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,375
Reviews: 2,114
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,240 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 10 oz. nonic glass.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy and peach-colored, with a lot of nice lacing and drops clinging to the glass.

Smell: Nicely balanced with some heavy citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh-hop hemp aromas.

Taste: Again, nicely balanced. A lot of tropical fruit, along with some fresh hop bitterness, and some rind bitterness in there also. Finish is dry and bitter, with nice rind and mild fruit lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and near-perfectly carbonated. The most pleasurable aspect of the brew.

Overall: Enjoyable and worth trying? Absolutely. World class? To me: far from it. In my opinion, a beer like Nugget Nectar is beyond what this beer can do -- and it's more readily available. I don't want to call this too hyped up, since it is very good, but man, you expect a lot from a beer like this -- something I've been hearing about for at least three years -- and it just didn't fit the bill for the expected transcendence in the end. Glad I tried it, though, in the end.

Photo of Shruggy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Darren_sucks
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Lied
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of cubixrube
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AWL
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of PoolFishGolf
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NumberNone
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bradcochran1234
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brewdude1982
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Gillisland
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Cnorrisl
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably the freshest I can get it. Best by 12-07-2012.

Appearance: Perfectly clear light amber/orange. Head is pillowy, bright-white, creamy. Drops to a chunky, foamy cap and collar. Notches of lacing adorn the glass. Moderate carbonation. It glows.

Smell: Big tropical nose from the start. Tangerine and mango with some pineapple. Citrus comes through the back with a nice punch of grapefruit. Slightly resinous. Fresh mint. Malts run some sweet breadiness. Caramel malts. Slightly roasted. Floral. Tropical flowers!

Taste: Maltier than the nose. Pithy bitterness plays over some sweet caramel malts. Mildly earthy and herbal. Tropical notes in the back with some big tangerine on the finish. Mild roastiness. Lingering bitterness. Earthy builds. Grass and grapefruit. Floral back.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry. Smooth moderate carbonation. Body is a little heavier than standard. Quaffable.

Overall: I genuinely enjoy this beer. It's a damn fine IPA, but the price point hurts it. Try it, love it, gay fish.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden amber. Lots of foamy head dense and leaves tons of sticky lacing.
Lots of carbonation too. A pleasure to watch.
But watch I did not for I must smell this brew and smell I did, of an abundance of fresh hops.
Earthy and floral and fresh and lots of it. Smell is all hops no malts here.
Taste is pur wonderment. Loads of hops and balanced nicely with sweet malts. Hops are fruity with grapefruit mangos and peachs. Malts have a plesent bready sweetness.
Feels wonderful on the palette sliding around at a medium weight. Has a slightly bitter finish
Quite possible one of the best IPA,s out there or definitly in the top 10.

Photo of Saxmusik45
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: shiny golden/orange body, finger beige head,
very nice lacing

S: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, pine, grain/malt, oily
bitter finish

M: med body, nice oily/sticky mouth

O: YUM! Need to try more Ballast Point brews.
This is quite good and any hophead should
grab a pint.


Photo of boogercrack
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,375 ratings.